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Uncover your family secrets!

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 4:26pm

Have you ever wanted to trace your family history? Well now’s your chance! 

Cork Genealogical Society (CGS) has set the date and the theme for its seventh one-day genealogical conference. It will take place at Rochestown Park Hotel (RPH) on Saturday 21 March and the theme is: Let’s Get the Family Tree Done.

The family tree may well be a lifelong activity, and there’s certainly always more to find out. However, unless you produce a document at some point, and give copies to members of your extended family, there can be no denying that your research work will have ended in dismal failure. The conference is not designed to make you feel guilty for not producing a family history but to help you to tap into your creativity, spark your enthusiasm and show you how to write a document that will be treasured by generations of your family to come.

One of the main speakers will be Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclan who will focus on documentary sources in her talk called Evidence in Death for Irish Family History. Another speaker, Margaret Jordan, will show a presentation on the new technologies used in family history while Tony McCarthy’s talk will question the value of computer packages for family history.

There will also be presentations from CGS member James Quain will talk about his experience of producing two family histories. Olive Coleman, CGS Secretary, will give a short presentation called The Indented Pedigree while CGS member Therese Byrne’s presentation is called Finding biological parents combining traditional and DNA methods.

The conference comes as CGS celebrates its 25 anniversary. PRO Tony McCarthy said: “Cork Genealogical Society was founded on 15 March 1994 at a meeting held in Moore's Hotel, Morrison's Island. Several enthusiasts had banded together to organise this public meeting, including Mr Declan Chalmers who had done extensive research on his own family and Mr Tim Cadogan of the Cork County Library. Word of mouth, posters in the libraries, local radio and local press alerts brought in more than fifty people that evening. There was great enthusiasm among the attendees for the establishment of a family history society for Cork.”

Speaking about CGS meet ups, Tony said: “We meet monthly on the second Thursday in the month. On the second Thursday, a speaker gives a talk on a genealogical theme. Meanwhile on the third Tuesday of the month, we host a workshop where help is available in family tree research.”

CGS meet in the Family Research Centre on Sarsfield Road in Wilton, Bishopstown.

Tickets for the conference cost €25 which covers entry to all of the lectures, display area, handouts, tea/coffee and a light lunch. For tickets and more information visit

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